Understanding Concussions

If you have just suffered a concussion, it is difficult to consider doing any form of exercise, especially cardiovascular activity. Following a concussion, or mild head injury, the traditional recommendation was to rest, sleep, limit stimulation and physical activity. Recent research has shown that gradual, moderate exercise can help individuals return to their sport and extracurricular activities sooner than rest alone, as well as improve cognitive symptoms associated with a concussion. Now what does gradual, moderate activity mean? The answer…. It depends, it is based on the individual. This is where Physical Therapy can help, with individual based return to exercise/sport, along with vestibular rehab to help improve balance, dizziness and vision, all of which are affected following a concussion. In addition, physical therapy can help address neck pain/ muscle tightness with trigger point therapy and soft tissue work.

Concussion info and how chiropractic can help:

-the structure of the upper cervical vertebrae helps to protect the brain stem. The bony structures allow nerves and blood vessels to flow into the brain to help nourish and support communication between the brain and the body. Nerves responsible for our senses such as balance, vision, sense of smell, and hearing all travel through here. During a concussion, this area is often blocked/ misaligned/ compressed...

An adjustment can help:

— increase oxygen-rich blood to flow back to the brain, increasing awareness, perception, and overall motor and sensory function

—increase flow of cerebrospinal fluid which is important to brain function

—manual muscle work to be muscles around the upper cervical spine can help reduce muscular tension and headaches associated with concussion and the whiplash that often comes with the mechanism of the injury. 

If you have had a concussion, don’t hesitate to call to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist. The sooner the better. 

Do you recognize the early signs and symptoms of untreated Lyme Disease?

Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes

  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash:

    • Occurs in approximately 70 to 80 percent of infected persons

    • Begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay of 3 to 30 days (average is about 7 days)

    • Expands gradually over a period of days reaching up to 12 inches or more (30 cm) across

    • May feel warm to the touch but is rarely itchy or painful

    • Sometimes clears as it enlarges, resulting in a target or “bull’s-eye” appearance

    • May appear on any area of the body

Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during warmer months (April-September).

Before You Go Outdoors

  • Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals. Spending time outside walking your dog, camping, gardening, or hunting could bring you in close contact with ticks. Many people get ticks in their own yard or neighborhood.
  • Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. EPA’s helpful search tool can help you find the product that best suits your needs. Always follow product instructions.
    • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
    • Do not use products containing OLE or PMD on children under 3 years old.
  • Avoid Contact with Ticks
    • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
    • Walk in the center of trails.

 After You Come Indoors

Check your clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks.

Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and daypacks.

Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and may be effective in reducing the risk of other tickborne diseases. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.

Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, including your own backyard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child’s body for ticks:

  • Under the arms
  • In and around the ears
  • Inside belly button
  • Back of the knees
  • In and around the hair
  • Between the legs
  • Around the waist

PLEASE call Living Well if you believe you have been bitten by a tick - (802) 658-6092 Make an appointment with one of our doctors today!

Get Ready To Move Your Body

Spring is around the corner- yes some days it feels as if winter is still here but really the calendar says spring is coming. With spring comes longer days and an overall change in activity level.

Butt I Forgot!

Butt I Forgot!

The gluteal muscles are usually strong and functionally important.  Inhibition or delayed onset of these muscles is the root cause of many injuries and pain in the back, hips, knees and ankles.